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Poster: archivefan Date: Sep 10, 2008 3:34pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Will MPEG2s still be available

Rick,

As MPEG4 format is not compatible with most standalone DVD players, will you be making the MPEG2 versions available as DVDs to purchase? I know I'd buy them!

Also, the MPEG4s are 640x480 which is square pixel format. Are you assuming we will be watching these new films on computer monitors only?

It seems MPEG4-only is a mixed blessing because bitrate can be lowered, but legacy compatibility is greatly compromised!

This post was modified by archivefan on 2008-09-10 22:34:16

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Sep 10, 2008 8:42pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Will MPEG2s still be available

I've recommended it before and I'll do it again: get ffmpeg and learn how to use it. It's freeware, but it is command line only which scares people. Don't be scared! The time you spend learning it will be greatly rewarded! You' will be able to transcode the Archive's mpeg4 files to DVD suitable mpeg2's that look 99% as good as the original.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffA/V Geeks Date: Sep 10, 2008 9:12pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Will MPEG2s still be available

Also, there are more affordable (free) tools for Windows and Mac users to view and make DVDs from these MPEG-4s.

Many of them use ffmpeg to do their magic.

On Windows, there's DVD Flick which will convert these files to DVD.
http://www.dvdflick.net/index.php

On the Mac, there's ffmpegx which purports to make DVDs from MPEG-4, but most Mac user have iDVD which will handle the files just fine.

Also you can play the MPEG-4 files in Quicktime without having to purchase the MPEG-2 component.

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Poster: MrMovie Date: Sep 21, 2008 12:37pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Will MPEG2s still be available

Remarkable Program. Have been using it for about three months without a single glitch. Perfectly converts MPEG4 to 2 ( or anything else you can think of) and outputs a crisp sharp image to DVD. You can also 'save' the file and record to DVD at a later time. If you have NERO 8 you can import your converted 'saved' file and it will output to DVD in a matter of minutes as the file has been already rendered for you. Great Product. Well worth the price.

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Poster: GersonK Date: Sep 12, 2008 5:48pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Will MPEG2s still be available

Thanks Steve! I can finally use the mp4's here. Cranking the bitrate on ffmpeg seems to get me the results I need, but then I'm just trying to gethand picked 200x150 screengrabs, so mileag emay vary for others.

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Poster: FP Date: Sep 13, 2008 9:32am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Will MPEG2s still be available


Too bad about these new MP4s. They slow down my NLE interactivity, and play poorly over a network using Media Player, Media Player Classic, MPU, GOMPLAYER, and VLC. The old MPEG2 files work smoothly under the same conditions.

It's possible to use these, but it's unfortunate that a step backward was taken in terms of ease of use. If I transcode these to MPEG2, they work much better, but the transcoded files show cascading compression artifacts.

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Poster: DvMan Date: Jan 7, 2009 8:55am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Will MPEG2s still be available

I will always prefer mpeg2's to be able to burn to dvd. Why can we not archive in full NTSC resolution? 720x480. Pleeeeese!